Unarmed Deaf Man Murdered by North Carolina Trooper
August 22, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Daniel Kevin Harris, murdered by a state trooper in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 18, 2016. Photo: Facebook
On Thursday, August 18, 29-year-old Daniel Kevin Harris was murdered by a state trooper in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only was Harris unarmed, like so many other victims of the murdering pigs. And not only was he gunned down in cold blood merely for an alleged traffic violation. Daniel Kevin Harris was also hearing and speech impaired. The police claim that they tried to pull him over for speeding but he continued without pulling over. Whether that’s true or not, how is that any kind of justification for wantonly executing someone under the color of law?!
According to local TV news reports, people living in the area where this happened--which is near where Harris lived--said that he was shot almost immediately after he got out of the vehicle. They said that it seemed like Harris was trying to communicate with the cop with sign language. One neighbor said, “You're pulling someone over who is deaf, they are handicapped. To me, what happened is totally unacceptable."
Daniel Harris’s siblings are also hearing impaired, and neighbors said that they would often see them communicating with each other in sign language. According to news reports, the police have identified him as white.
Harris is one of 753 killed by police around the country so far this year as of August 22. His killing takes place in the context of an epidemic of police murder, targeted especially at Black and Latino people but hitting people of all nationalities and races--where very, very few pigs are even charged, much less convicted, of any serious crime even as they kill again and again. It was in this climate that the pig in North Carolina lethally shot this unarmed deaf man, for absolutely no reason. This reign of murder and terror by the police must be brought to an end!
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